Colorado AG fights for Constitution, traditional marriage

How is it that county clerks in Denver, Boulder, and Pueblo can issue same sex marriage licenses when this clearly defies Colorado's Constitutional Amendment 2? John Suthers has the same question.


SOURCE: Associated Press

DENVER — Colorado's attorney general said Monday that it's only a matter of time until gay marriage is legal in his state, but he'll continue to defend his state's ban on the practice all the way to the state Supreme Court.

John Suthers made the statements in an interview after he asked the Colorado Supreme Court to stop county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples because the ban is still technically in effect. Suthers is also appealing a ruling last week that that ban is unconstitutional directly to the state's high court.

Three clerks in Colorado have argued that because a federal court in Denver ruled that states can't ban gay marriage, the clerks can issue licenses to same-sex couples, even though the court's decision was stayed pending appeal.

"It appears very likely that, either judicially or politically, Colorado is going to have same-sex marriage," Suthers said in the interview. "But that is no excuse for abandoning the legal processes by which legal change or political change comes about."

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